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Oct 19, 2010

Israel might extend settlements freeze – ambassador

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel might renew a moratorium on building Jewish settlements in the West Bank after its end last month abruptly froze peace talks with the Palestinians, Israel’s new U.N. ambassador said on Monday.

In an interview with Reuters, envoy Meron Reuben also said it was too soon to declare that the U.S.-brokered negotiations, aimed at reaching a deal within a year to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel, were dead.

Oct 6, 2010

U.N. chief Ban vows Hariri probe will continue

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon vowed on Wednesday that a U.N. tribunal investigating the murder of a Lebanese statesman would press ahead despite fears that indictments could spark fresh conflict in Lebanon.

The tribunal, set up three years ago by the U.N. Security Council to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, is likely to issue indictments by the end of this year, diplomats say.

Oct 6, 2010

U.N.’s Ban urges no interference in Hariri probe

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon vowed on Wednesday that a U.N. tribunal investigating the murder of a Lebanese statesman would press ahead despite fears of violence and urged regional players not to interfere.

Diplomats said the U.N. chief appeared to be aiming his comments primarily at Lebanon’s Shi’ite Muslim guerrilla group Hezbollah, which has denounced the U.N. inquiry, and at neighboring Syria, which has been increasingly critical of it.

Oct 5, 2010

Global Fund sees disease fight hampered by donors

UNITED NATIONS/LONDON (Reuters) – Donors pledged over $11.5 billion on Tuesday to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis over the next three years but the head of the fund waging the battle said it was not enough to protect millions of people at risk.

Announcing the figure raised by a two-day conference in New York, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the pledges “send a powerful message” but that funding demands were “likely to outstrip even the impressive commitments made today.”

Sep 28, 2010

Israel minister’s U.N. speech disowned by Netanyahu

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel’s foreign minister said on Tuesday a peace deal with the Palestinians could take decades and pressed his own plan which seeks to get rid of as many Israeli Arab citizens as possible in a land swap.

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York that was quickly disowned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman again exposed the serious differences between Netanyahu and him over peace prospects.

Sep 25, 2010

East Timor leader calls Ahmadinejad comments obscene

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – East Timor’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning president on Saturday denounced as an “obscenity” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s suggestion that the U.S. government was behind the September 11 attacks.

It was the strongest criticism so far at the current U.N. General Assembly session of Ahmadinejad’s assertion at the assembly on Thursday that most people believed Washington was responsible for the attacks by hijacked planes that felled New York’s World Trade Center and hit the Pentagon outside Washington.

Sep 24, 2010

U.N. speakers urge Pakistan to free up arms talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Heaping pressure on Pakistan, a high-level U.N. meeting called on Friday for talks to start immediately on a treaty to ban production of fissile material used as fuel for nuclear weapons.

But Pakistan has insisted it will continue to block such talks, arguing that a ban would put it at a permanent disadvantage to its nuclear rival India. The dispute has led to deadlock at the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

Sep 24, 2010

Obama tells Arabs and Israel to support fragile talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama urged Israel on Thursday to extend its partial freeze on settlement-building and Arab states to move towards normal ties with the Jewish state to help keep fragile peace talks alive.

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly three weeks after Israeli and Palestinian officials resumed direct peace talks, Obama urged world leaders to make sure “this time is different” from previous failed efforts to end the six-decade conflict.

Sep 23, 2010

Obama urges Arabs, Israel to support fragile talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Israel to extend its settlement building moratorium and Arab states to move toward normal ties with the Jewish state to help keep fragile peace talks alive.

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly three weeks after Israeli and Palestinian officials resumed direct peace talks, Obama urged world leaders to make sure “this time is different” from previous failed efforts to end the six-decade conflict.

Sep 23, 2010

Obama urges new ways to tackle poverty

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for new ways to tackle global poverty and said his administration would focus its help to the poor on promoting economic growth and fighting corruption.

Obama told a special U.N. summit that for too long progress in fighting poverty was measured by the sums spent to deliver food and medicine — a practice that had saved lives in the short term but not always helped poor countries develop.

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      "Patrick Worsnip covers the New York-based activities of the United Nations. He joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 1971 and has had postings in Rome, Moscow, Warsaw, Tehran, Beirut and Washington as well as serving as London-based diplomatic correspondent and as an editor-in-charge on the London World Desk."
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